The Barberton Board of Education, Barberton City Schools and Magics Athletics Department are proud to announce that the new Girls’ Basketball Head Coach is Ken Rector. Ken is a 1984 BHS graduate and currently is a Business teacher at Barberton High School. He will be beginning his 25th year teaching in the district and was the Varsity Boys’ Head Coach for twenty years where he compiled a record of 314 – 134. “I’m very excited and grateful to be named the next girls’ basketball coach at Barberton High School. Coach Whitmer has done a great job with the program the last 6 years and I’m just hoping to continue and move forward what he started.”
During his time as the head of the Magics, Coach Rector was Coach of the Year in the Suburban League three times and in the Western Reserve Conference five times. He was the AP Division I COY in 2009 along with the AP Ohio Division Co-Coach of the year in 2009 as well. He is a member of the Barberton Sports HOF, Greater Akron Basketball Coaches HOF and was selected for the Akron Beacon Journal Clem Caraboolad Award in 2009.
BHS Superintendent Jeff Ramnytz had this to say about Coach Rector, ” We are lucky to have a coach of Ken Rector’s caliber leading our Girls’ Program. It will be good for our girls, our school, our Community and Coach Rector. I am happy to have him back on the basketball court. Both Ken Rector and Kyle McBride are the type of individuals that the Barberton City School District wants in front of our students, leading them, teaching them and preparing them for the next level and a successful life.”
His teams won three Suburban League Championships, five Western Reserve Conference Championships, were District Runner-Up in 2013, District Champions in 2002, 2006 & 2009 and Regional Runner-Up in 2009. “This is very exciting for our girls’, our program, the school and community. Coach Rector is someone who will come in right away and have instant credibility as a result of his past success and class. I look forward to working with him as the leader of the Magics Girls’ Basketball Program,” said BHS Athletic Director John Sabol.
What Coach Rector is most proud of are the players he has coached and the contact he keeps with them to this day. He plans on doing the same with the Lady Magics Program. “There are some quality young ladies who I know have worked hard this summer that I’m excited to begin working with. Most of all, I’m happy to be able to give back once again to this great community that I’ve been a part of for so long.”
Ken is married to his wife Brenda who is a teachers’ aide for Green Schools and they have two children – Erika and Austin. Erika is a nurse in Canton and her husband Michael is a teacher and coach for Alliance City Schools. Austin is a 2019 graduate of The Ohio State University and is an accountant with Cohen & Company in Cleveland.